Understanding wood is an important part of being a successful woodworker. In this module, we explore what it is, how it behaves, and how best to use it. Armed with this information you can make informed decisions and avoid expensive mistakes.
If you can’t tell the difference between oak, pine, and walnut, are intimidated by timber merchants, or wondered why when you sanded that solid wood table there was MDF underneath, then you need this course.
In the workshop, we will examine timber at close quarters using a hand lens and a microscope to reveal its structure. In this way, we can identify common timber species with a high level of accuracy.
We pay a visit to Fallen & Felled, our favourite local timber merchant who specialises in turning trees destined for landfill into useable timber.
In addition, we spend a day in an urban woodland with conservation volunteer Tim Stevenson, learning about homegrown timber and working greenwood.
The course will cover the following:
Identifying timber species
Differences between hardwoods and softwoods
Choosing suitable species for a given project
How and where to buy/obtain timber
Drying your own timber
Working with greenwood/unseasoned timber and utilising its unique properties
Avoiding common mistakes
By the end of the three days, you should be able to identify the most common timber species, recognise a range of native timbers, calculate how much timber you need for a given project, and understand the main differences between working greenwood and seasoned timber.
To get a flavour of the three days check out our Instagram post.
As with most of the courses we offer, the overwhelming feedback we receive is about how useful and relevant the content is and how much fun we manage to pack in. If you still have questions please get in touch.
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